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Posted on: June 11, 2019

The Town of Oliver Springs is hiring a full time Utilities Director!

Job Opportunity

The Town of Oliver Springs is hiring a full time Utilities Director.

The schedule is generally 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday and may involve overtime which could include evenings, weekends, holidays and on-call.

This Position has a pay range of between $37,440 to $39,520 DOQ.

JOB SUMMARYThe employee is under the direct supervision of the City Manager.  This employee is directly responsible for the management of Water and Wastewater operations.  This employee is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the policies relevant to each department. The employee will operate an automobile and cellular phone for constant communication access. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions 

  • Plans, develops, coordinates, administers and manages the departments providing water and sewer services;
  • Responsible for all facets of the Utility Dept which provide adequate, safe and efficient water and wastewater;
  • Studies and performs strategic planning, organizing and coordinating of the activities of the water and sewer departments and makes recommendations and decisions affecting and designed to improve the economy, efficiency and quality of same.
  • Directs personnel.  Performs managerial duties in accordance with department policies and applicable laws including interviewing, training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; corrective action, performance counseling and problem resolution.    
  • Assists in writing specifications, compiling cost estimates and recommendations to the Mayor and Council;
  • Initiates and maintains contact with consultants and reviews their work for the City;
  • Directs the keeping of records and supervises the preparation of necessary reports;
  • Directs and performs inspections of contract work, determines compliance and recommends acceptance or non-acceptance of the work to the City Manager;
  • Assures that operations and procedures of the department comply with federal and state occupational health and safety regulations and maintains records compliance to Federal, State and City regulations;
  • Responsible for adherence to OSHA/TOSHA regulations;
  • Maintains satisfactory public relations through courteous and prompt attention to complaints;
  • Determines major departmental policies, plans long term programs and makes administrative decisions  concerning construction of capital projects, reading and adjusting blue prints and outlining projects to conform to specifications;
  • Develops, revises and administers enterprise funds; monitors expenditures to ensure compliance within approved budgets; including the development and review of contractual specifications for bidding capital improvement projects and ensures the completion of capital improvement projects;
  • Reviews all purchase order (PO) requisitions for materials required to operate the gas, water and sewer systems and revises annual bids used in the department;

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Knowledge of modern management practices and techniques;
  • Knowledge of principles and practices of construction and maintenance supervision;
  • Knowledge of accepted construction principles and practices;
  • Knowledge of materials and equipment used in public works, and public utilities maintenance and construction work;
  • Knowledge of elementary principles and practices of civil engineering as it applies to construction and maintenance of water and sewer utilities;
  • Knowledge of safety and OSHA/TOSHA regulations;
  • Knowledge of modern methods, materials and practices related to the operation, construction and maintenance of water distribution system, water plant distribution, wastewater plant and collection system;
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations regarding employee health, safety and employment practices;
  • Knowledge of state and federal laws governing labor practices, building codes, water and wastewater operations;
  • Intermediate computer skills in MicroSoft Office Suite
  • Ability to plan, organize, assign, supervise and inspect the work of subordinates;
  • Ability to maintain inventory control and administer appropriate purchasing policies and procedures;
  • Ability to implement innovative methods to provide more efficient and effective operations;
  • Ability to keep routine operational and personnel records and make reports;
  • Ability to express ideas and information clearly, concisely and effectively in writing and verbally;
  • Ability to develop sound plans for the future development of public utilities systems and other public facilities in relation to community needs;
  • Ability to analyze and recommend utility fees, charges, bond measures and financing options;
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective working relationship with the members of the public, consultants, accountants and other city employees.


  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Industrial Management, Political Science, Civil Engineering or related field is preferred; AND/OR 
  • 4 years of work experience at a senior level in a combination of Public Works, Utilities operation and Management; AND
  • A combined 2 years of experience in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater treatment, wastewater collections, and OSHA
  • An excellent work and attendance record;


  • Valid driver’s license.
    • Preferred certifications in: Water Treatment; Wastewater Treatment; Water Distribution System Operator; Wastewater Collections System Operator.

This Position has a pay range of between DOQ $37,440 to $39,520

To apply complete an online
application at the Town of Oliver Springs web site.

Please fill out an online application and send all resumes with cover letter(s) to:

Thomas McCormick/ City Manager

717 Main St.
Oliver Springs, TN. 37840  

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Town of Oliver Springs
717 Main St.
Oliver Springs, TN 37841
Ph: 865-435-7722
Fx: 865-435-4881